What are the current top selling Blu-ray Discs? According to Home Media Research, the top selling BD for the week ending Jan. 17 was The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment), followed by The Hangover (Warner) and District 9 (Sony Pictures). In fourth and fifth place positions were Inglourious Basterds (Universal) and Halloween II (Sony Pictures).
How are Blu-ray Discs selling compared to DVD?
According to the same research, DVD revenue was up 6.17% from the same week last year at $141 million ending Jan. 17, 2010. Compare that with Blu-ray Disc revenue at $18.94 million — a number indeed much less, but a percentage up a whopping 79.36% from last year.
Is Blu-ray catching up to DVD?
A recent In-Stat report says that by the year 2013 80 million network-enabled Blu-ray player units will ship, a number following hot on the heels the 90 million DVD units to ship. And, because of the higher cost of a BD player revenue will exceed that of DVD players.
“The cost differential between standard definition DVD and Blu-ray is becoming much smaller and new features such as IP/network connectivity are becoming increasingly important,” says In-Stat analyst Michelle Abraham.
What about VOD?
Although the video server market suffered in 2008 and 2009 due to the troubled economy, as well as less demand for servers following the completion of the June ’09 digital conversion, the need for servers will continue to grow as the public’s demand for VOD increases. A Frost & Sullivan report projects the world-wide video server market to exceed $1.2 billion in revenues by 2014.
See this link for the Top 20 Blu-ray Discs ending Jan. 17, 2009.